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Curriculum Rationale

At Wellfield School, we have an overriding belief that pupils’ education from 11-16 is only part of their education and as such, all subjects we offer have progression routes into post 16 education.

When pupils enter Year 7, they are placed into ability sets. This structure is designed to match the individual learners’ needs. Pupils can move up and down sets, dependent upon their progress. During Year 7 & Year 8 pupils study an English and Maths mastery programme and have weekly Study Skills sessions to prepare them for Year 9.

We nominally split the curriculum into lower school (Years 7 and 8) and upper school (Years 9-11) where pupils choose their options to start in Year 9. However, the focus for all subjects from Year 7 onwards is the progression from their current point to where they need to be aged 16 in order to maximise their potential according to their ability. The school’s curriculum is planned and sequenced so that our pupils start their option subjects in Year 9, giving them the time to study their chosen subjects in more depth, allowing them to develop the skills of contextualised problem solving alongside learning the increased course content evident in the new GCSEs and other courses.


GCSE Options

2021 Options Booklet

During Year 8, our pupils and their parents are given a wealth of information, guidance and support regarding their choices from Year 9 and beyond including:

  • Specialist subject assemblies for each option area
  • Individual interviews
  • Guided choices regarding the suitability of a course based on the student’s ability and aspirations
  • Careers Advice, Information and Guidance.


Our curriculum offer remains as broad as possible, offering a strong academic core of subjects and vocational qualifications, knowledge and skills built on what has been taught before, from Year 7 to Year 11, each of which have clear progression routes post 16 at our local colleges, sixth forms and further education providers.

We liaise with these providers and ensure that they have a presence at our parents’ evenings to give parents additional advice and support.

A three year KS4 is a deliberate action to enable pupils to really enjoy their subjects and learn to a depth and breadth beyond the published specification. We want our pupils to have the opportunity to enjoy field trips and visits, exploring their subjects not just in the classroom but as part of the real world and experience outside of the classroom. The aforementioned would be more limited if a two year programme was followed.

During their GCSE studies, pupils continue to benefit from wider curriculum experiences and learning through our Enthuse cross-curriculum days. These days also support our professional development programme.

In KS4 pupils study English, Mathematics, separate Science or trilogy Science. They must select Geography or History and for set 1 pupils a Modern Foreign Language (French or German). MFL is also offered as an option for other abilities.
We extend the school day for all of our year 11 with a structured ‘Get Exam Ready’ programme. These sessions are varied in nature depending on the time of year and include deepening of learning, exam practice and subject specific study skills.

The list of subjects shown here will take you to a brief description of what is taught to pupils in all year groups. There are also some useful web links to help pupils with their learning in each subject.

If you like more information regarding the curriculum please contact Deputy Headteacher, Gary Potts, via